That there are 10 uploads from almost as many sources for this show in the Archive attests either to its popularity or the number of Long Island tapers. Tapes of this show quickly made it around, "dude you gotta hear Branford, man!". Songs from the three Nassau shows were used for Without a Net
, in its day the best-sounding live album ever released. Those 5 songs are:
In addition, the Bird Song
from this show was used on the So Many Roads
box, Disc 4.
Nassau was one of those trad Dead venues, like the Spectrum, Omni, Alpine or Red Rocks; perhaps by '90 more so than the other NYC-area venues. When that happens you know it's because of either a laidback community, good camping, area beauty, overall vibe, a track record of above-average shows or some combo. Did the community college you
went to host the Dead? (OK, it's adjacent to the campus & is actually the home of NHL's Islanders). The Dead played there 42 times starting in '73 (back when NHL only had 16 teams!). I dunno, are there are any other out-of-state venues the band played that many times over 22 years?
The 1st set
starts fairly solid but really takes off with Ramble
. Of the 12 other times it was played in '90, I'm thinking none surpass this one. There's lots of room made for guest Branford, who starts playing in Bird Song
, but he sounds tentative with the arrangement. It's a fun listen but it's not until the 2nd set that they really gel with him as a unit.
The 1st half of the 2nd set
isn't particularly outstanding, it just has the unique addition of sax. It heats up though at the jam out of Estimated
into an 18-minute Dark star
(which a lot of people hadn't heard yet; this was the 4th one since the '89 return), a format Branford could really exploit - only makes sense they would bust it out. Maybe I'm not a big Dark Star
head -to me nothing beats those '68 versions (and maybe a few later TC versions)- but I'm giving this one props. Drums
is the type that makes you scared of what Space
is going to be. "Shit man, I might have to go on a bathroom adventure. See you space monkeys when I get back". Bobby pulls a perfect Throwin' Stones
(no sing-spitting drama or falsetto shrieking). Knockin'
is a candidate for best-ever.
and overall source: Hinko24996 . Darryl did a fantastic job.
If you are a Healy Matrix
fan try: Unknown 1317 . The best 2nd set seed, it's not the full show so you'll also need to use part of: Hansokolow97118
If you prefer it up in the stalls, the best AUD
source is: nawrocki29191
Show is Known for
on soprano sax
A 16-minute Eyes
(beautifully mastered on Without a Net
A 13-minute Bird Song
(also on So Many Roads
Ramble on Rose
2nd set from Dark Star through encore
: B+ (4 Stars)
1st Set: C
2nd Set: A
(One of the top 10 '90 shows. If sax is your thing you'll love this one, I don't know if it beats the next night but the 2nd set's a '90 highlight.)
CAVEAT: Out of over 2300 shows, most are 2 & 3-star shows by definition. Surely you hand out as many 2-star ratings as 5-star, right? Otherwise, the sidereal scorecard would be bullshit because it wouldn't serve the purpose of letting us know which shows deserve our listening time. I know some people want to rate source quality but we're totally spoiled with great sources at this point, so it's more a matter of finding those rare shows that were beyond the beyond. (This show's at least a candidate for 5-stars.)
Hear what's really on that file. Score that sweet soundcard and bin the buds.